Fresh Hair Cut: $25
Baby Blue Brooks Brothers Starched Shirt: $150
All-Weather Army Jacket with American Flag Patch: $250
Logistics for Photo Op: $3000
President Using Binoculars Without Removing Lens Cap: Priceless
(Hat Tips Paula!)
Insensitive, telling quote from Mr. Snow…
Q: “Tony, American deaths in Iraq have reached 2,500. Is there any response or reaction from the President on that?”
A: MR. SNOW: “It’s a number, and every time there’s one of these 500 benchmarks people want something. The President would like the war to be over now. Everybody would like the war to be over now. And the one thing that we saw in Iraq this week is further testimony to the quality of the men and the women who are doing that, and the dedication and determination to try to ensure that the people of Iraq really do live in a free, effective democracy of their own creation and design.”
How much is your life worth…
“A chilling report from the Boston Globe on Thursday reveals that the amount of cash the U.S. military has paid to families of Iraqi civilians killed or badly injured (during) operations involving American troops ‘skyrocketed from just under $5 million in 2004 to almost $20 million last year, according to Pentagon financial data.’ The payments can range from several hundred dollars for a severed limb to a standard of $2500 for loss of life.”
Great Op-Ed in the Washington Post today by E. J. Dionne Jr arguing, “The people who should be angry this week are not liberals or gays or lesbians, but the president’s most loyal supporters. After using the gay-marriage issue shamelessly in the 2004 campaign, Bush and Republican leaders left opponents of gay marriage out in the cold as they concentrated on the party’s real priorities: privatizing Social Security and cutting taxes on rich people.”
When Bush was at his position of maximum strength after the 2004 election, did he use his political energy on behalf of a constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage? Not at all. In an interview with The Post on Jan. 14, 2005, he dismissed the question, arguing that since many senators felt that the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) was already an effective bar to the spread of gay marital unions, there was no point in fighting for a constitutional change.
So the question is: What do Bush and his crew really care about if not gay marriage? Keep your eyes peeled for action around abolishing the estate tax.
Perhaps if he paid more attention to Iraq and less to gay marriage…
Asked when Bush was first briefed about the events in Haditha, an insurgent stronghold in western Iraq, White House spokesman Tony Snow replied, “When a Time reporter first made the call.”
If this doesn’t get you angry, nothing will.